Trippin ‘with Alaska Airlines: Seattle’s Top Chef Fan Favorite Taku Restaurant

Honolulu (KHON2) – Living808 is Trippin ‘with Alaska Airlines to Seattle, discovering the best foodie spots, including Restaurant Taku, Japanese Fried Chicken and teriyaki hotspot from’ Top Chef ‘fan favorite Shota Nakajima. ‘.

Taku’s menu features double-marinated, breaded and fried karaage nuggets and wings, available wet or dry in order of five, 10 or 15 pieces, as well as the glorious F * ck it Bucket! A bowl of chicken karaage rice, a curry karaage burger and a selection of classic Japanese sides like mac salad, furikake fries, coleslaw, miso soup and more are also on the program.

“My favorite lunch growing up was my mom’s chicken karaage and rice. The nostalgia and comfort I feel for this homemade dish inspired me to make it the focal point of Taku’s new menu, ”said Nakajima.

“I kept the menu simple with two chicken options and a variety of wet or dry seasonings… teriyaki being my favorite! Side dishes are what you’ll find everywhere in izakayas in Japan, and coleslaw comes highly recommended with karaage as it helps break down the fat, ”Nakajima continued.

Teriyaki was a favorite dish of Chef Shota growing up and a family staple in his home. “I wanted to create an umami-rich teriyaki sauce for everyone to enjoy, just like the one my mom made for my brother and I when we were kids,” Nakajima said. “It’s of course used as a marinade, but I also like to braise meats and vegetables with it or add it to soups and broths in winter for an extra touch of flavor. It’s a very diverse sauce that I want people to have fun cooking and experimenting with at home! He continued.

Patrons at Taku, Chef Shota’s Japanese fried chicken restaurant, have enjoyed its popular teriyaki sauce since opening in May 2021, as a wet seasoning option used to coat fried wings and nuggets, and as a dip. . Now that it’s bottled, guests and fans of Bravo’s Top Chef can get a taste of Chef Shota’s cuisine in their own homes. The sauce will be available for purchase nationwide on Amazon later in October.

Its premium teriyaki sauce under the name Make Umami is now available for purchase on Amazon: at Uwajimaya grocery stores in Seattle, Renton and Bellevue, WA as well as in Beaverton, OR, at Chef Shota’s Taku restaurant on Capitol Hill for $ 8.99 a 12-ounce bottle.

Seattle is the birthplace of Teriyaki in the United States, which dates back to 1976 when Toshi Kasahara, a wrestler from a farming town in Japan, immigrated to Seattle and opened the first teriyaki store. Since then, teriyaki has become a phenomenon in Seattle (and the United States), with hundreds of teriyaki joints now dotting the greater Seattle area. And while the style may be slightly different from the traditional, classic Japanese take, teriyaki has become a defining feature of Seattle’s dining scene and sense of coziness for the Japanese American population in Seattle and beyond.

Seattle-born chef Shota Nakajima started cooking at the age of 16. At the age of 18, he moved to Osaka to learn the art of Japanese cuisine from celebrity chef Yasuhiko Sakamoto. Shota cooked at Chef Yasuhiko’s Michelin-starred restaurant for the next five years; an experience that greatly influenced his perception and approach to food and hospitality. Since returning to Seattle, Chef Shota opened the much-acclaimed Adana (originally Naka) at the age of 25, which was very successful and garnered many accolades before closing in 2020 due to the pandemic. He then opened Taku Seattle, a Japanese fried chicken restaurant and bar with an atmosphere reminiscent of his time in Osaka, Japan.

Chef Shota competed in the Food Network‘s Iron Chef Gauntlet and defeated Bobby Flay where he was victorious in the tempura mix. He was a semi-finalist of the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2018, 2019 and 2020, received an Eater ‘Young Guns’ award and Zagat’s ’30 Under 30′ chef designation. Adana received “Best New Restaurant” in the Seattle Times and a “Top 10 Restaurants” in Seattle Magazine. He received the Star Chefs ‘2020 Seattle Rising Star Chef’ award, among other accolades.

Chef Shota participated in season 18 of Bravo’s Top Chef in 2021 and was a finalist. He received the Top Chef Season 18 Fan Favorite award, voted on by the public.

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